Vaginitis

WHAT IS IT?

Vaginitis is also known as vulvovaginitis, and refers to any irritation of the vulva or vagina. It can cause an abnormal discharge. Vaginitis is one of the most common reasons that women visit their doctors. It is usually not serious, but it can be annoying and uncomfortable.

HOW WOULD I GET IT?

There are many different causes of vaginitis, such as allergies; infections (e.g. yeast, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis); irritants (e.g. douches, “feminine hygiene” sprays, perfumed soaps); lack of the hormone estrogen; and sexual activity. Sometimes there is more than one cause.

HOW WOULD I KNOW I HAD IT?

Common symptoms of vaginitis include vaginal irritation (e.g. itching or burning) or an abnormal vaginal discharge. The discharge may have an unpleasant odor. You may also feel that you need to urinate more often than usual.

HOW IT IS TREATED?

The treatment for vaginitis depends on the cause, how severe the symptoms are, and other factors, such as if you’re pregnant. We recommend that you visit a doctor to talk about the best options for you.